Monthly Archives: December 2015

Step-by-Step Tutorial

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Hello everyone. Now that the Holidays are winding down, it’s time to get your paper out and get creative again. After I’ve had a bit of a break in scrapbooking, I find that I need a quick project to boost my creative energy. Today, I have a quick and easy page tutorial to help you get back into the creative swing.


For this project you will need:
-a 12×12 piece of white cardstock
-three matching patterns of 12×12 paper – I’ve used the Photo Play Family Ties collection
-a pocket style card – I used the cut-apart sheet that came with the Family Ties collection
-embellishments that will match your paper (I pulled a few that I thought I may use, but in the end I only used the sticker sheets from the Photo Play Family Ties collection, and the MAMBI Chips – Insta Love.
-a 5×7 photo


Cut your patterned papers into various sizes. The Navy polkadot is 8″x6″, the blue chevron is 4″x10″ and the orange is 6″x7.5″
Layer them onto your background cardstock.


Add your photo.


Add your pocket-style card to the right edge of your photo.


Add your title.


Add your embellishments in clusters on the top left of the layout, the right side – over lapping the pocket-style card, and the bottom left of the photo. Make sure your embellishment are touching so that they don’t appear to be floating. I also use pop dots on some of my embellishments to give them some dimension.



There you have it – a quick layout to get you back into the creative swing.

Thank you for joining us today. Be sure to share your finished projects with us in our gallery/forums, Facebook, and Instagram. We love to see your projects.

Tips For Documenting Photo Shy Family Members


Hello everyone! ‘Tis the season for December Daily, Journal Your Christmas, Document December … whatever name you use, it’s that time of year when paper crafters create mini albums chalk full of holiday highlights. I’m using the Juniper Berry collection by Basic Grey to create my month-long album & today I thought I’d share some of the pages I’ve made so far. Specifically, pages that include my camera shy hubby Alan.

alan wish list One of the great things about a December Daily-style project is that it can really become a family endeavour. It can be a bit tricky if you have a family member or friend who doesn’t want to be included in photos, but it’s not impossible to get them involved too! Tip #1 … have them write out their wish list. Kids aren’t the only ones daydreaming about what’s under the tree!

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Tip #2 … Focus on group shots. I find my husband is much more willing to pose for the camera if there are other people in the photo. I found this group shot from his company holiday dinner and immediately printed it out to include in the album.

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Tip #3 … Ask them to journal something. If they’re not big writers, you can have them fill out a very straightforward “who, what, when, where” … I used the Kelly Purkey New Adventures stamp set to stamp a journaling card, then handed it over to my husband to fill out.

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Tip #4 … Go out of your way to include things that are meaningful and/or important to them. I’m not a huge Star Wars fan but my husband is, so I made sure to create a spread to document the new movie coming out later this week. I’ll probably ask them to write out a quick review in the journaling card and I’m sure he’ll happily oblige as he loves talking about Star Wars!

I hope my four tips have inspired you to get your family and friends involved in the documenting process, even if they’re not big fans of having their picture taken. Happy holidays!

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NerdGirl Fleur’s December Projects

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This month I am cotinuing with the Simple Stories and Basic Grey Christmas collections. I continued to make Christmas Cards, ornaments and a cute little organizer for my purse.

Here is a fun masculine card using the pretty wood grain animals from the Basic Grey Juniper Berry collection.


A pretty card with added wooden snowflakes.


A girly card with sequins and twine.


And this one is my favorite.


Another ornament with curled paper strips insid the ball.


And my Christmas planner/organizer for my purse complete with a cute Yeti.


I can’t believe another Chrismas is coming up so quickly make sure you take some time to enjoy the season,  Merry Christmas from me and my family!

Tutorial – December Daily by NerdGirl Fleur

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Are you thinking about doing a December Daily? Here is a video where I walk you through how I made the first few pages of this years December Daily.

I am using a 6×8 Simple Stories binder and their multi pack of inserts.  I usually start the day deciding which insert to use depending on how many photos I have and what I want to include. For this one I picked the 2 – 3×4 pockets and 1 – 4×6 pocket.  I made a shaker pocket out of one and added a journaling card to the other 3×4 pocket then added my photo to the 4×6 along with some embellishments.

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I print all my December Daily photos at home you can see a tutorial on how I print them on my YouTube channel as well.  I usually print them to 2.75 x 2.75 inches so they fit in the 3×4 pockets.  The backside has 2 photos and also a note from our Elf Nick.


For December 2nd I knew I had a 4×6 photo I wanted to use so I used the same design insert as December 1st.  I added some journaling  in one pocket a smaller photo in the 2nd pocket and my 4×6 photo.  I kept the embellishments to a few stickers.


December 3rd is the back side of December 2nd so I added my photos and made it work. I had one more photo I wanted to add but that would have left no room for journaling so I made a litle flip book in the bottom pocket.


I hope you enjoyed seeing my process and I would love if you shared your December Daily projects in the forum with us.


Guest Designer – Cathy Andreana

A very special thank you goes out to Cathy Andreana, our guest designer this past week. Thank you for sharing your beautiful projects with us.

Cathy used the Basic Grey – Juniper Berry collection &
you can see more of Cathy’s projects in her SN gallery here –

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Posted by Scrapbook Nerd on Saturday, December 5, 2015

Guest Designer – Cathy Andreana

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Today’s post is special, we have a Guest Designer joining us this week. Say hello to Cathy Andreana. Cathy joined our forum back in April 2014, she has a son and two daughters and enjoys using her Silhouette die cutting machine for all kinds of paper crafting projects.
You can see Cathy’s SN gallery here

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Cathy’s project stared with a 3D silhouette cut file….. it includes the 2 stars with fold lines
and all the pieces for the 2 stars.

#1 Here she shows fold lines & asks you to glue your triangles on both sides now
3d star project
#2 Here she show the fold lines and paper is now attached, you can fold the star at this point
3d star project
#3 Now inside attach bow, and hanging cord , glue the little flaps and glue together
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#4 hang up and enjoy
3d star project by Cathy A. @ scrapbooknerd.comJoin Cathy again later this week for a few more projects.